Clinical and Health Sciences with Allergy PGCert

Clinical and Health Sciences with Allergy PGCert

PGCert - 12 months min up to 24 months max
Allergy CPD module - 14 consecutive weeks
CPD modules available


This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.

This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.

You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers:

  • basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
  • clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches
  • anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema
  • drug allergy
  • food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease)
  • 'hot topics' in allergy

I absolutely loved the allergy module and would recommend it to any professional who is involved with allergy within their professional life.

Anne Conway, Health Visitor
Copeland Health Visiting Team

This innovative course is aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in a health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways, whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.


The modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime, anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments and develop your online literacy as a transferable skill. You can select from over 30modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study.

Alternatively, you can choose to complete the allergy module as a standalone course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The allergy module runs over 14 weeks starting in April 2018. You will cover important areas in the field of allergy, with an emphasis on interaction and case discussion. During the module you will take three online assessments that examine your abilities in:

  • critical appraisal
  • wider understanding of the subject
  • clinical evaluation skills

The format of the allergy module draws on clinical cases and uses a variety of interactive tools to enhance learning.

The e-learning course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.

You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in allergy, such as Dr Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Allergist.

Dr Vance studied medicine at Cambridge. She then went on to train in general paediatrics and paediatric allergy at the University of Southampton. Here she obtained a PhD for her work on exploring maternal factors that might direct the development of atopy in the infant. She started as a paediatric consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and in 2012, was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Newcastle University. Dr Vance's allergy practice is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her work encompasses all aspects of paediatric allergy, from single food allergy to complex and multi-system allergic symptoms.

You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:

  • operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
  • processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
  • screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px
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Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs.

To specialise in allergy, you need to select a certain number of allergy-specific credits.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in allergy

You can choose from over 30 professional and clinical modules to build your bespoke qualification in the areas of:

  • therapeutics
  • clinical research
  • palliative care
  • oncology

Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:

  • a minimum of 10 credits (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
  • a maximum of 40 credits.

To help plan your study, each module details which semester it is taught in. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1: September
  • Semester 2: January
  • Semester 3: April

You can read more about how to apply for one of 30 individual modules listed below, as continuing professional development (CPD).

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

We offer flexible payment options. You can choose to:

  • pay per module at the start of each semester
  • pay annually
  • pay for the whole course upfront

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities


We have received sponsorship from several pharmaceutical companies to allow us to allocate a limited number of funded places each year. 

  • Allergy Therapeutics (UK) Ltd
  • ALK-Abello Ltd
  • Aptamil Professional
  • Danone Nutricia (Early Life Nutrition)
  • Mead Johnson
  • Meda Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition
  • The Graham and Jenny Watson Memorial Fund
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Any health professional who provides allergy clinical care and who would like to develop their practice in this field can apply.

Please contact us stating your interest in applying for the Allergy module funding.

Educational bursaries are also available from Allergy UK.

Entry Requirements

honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.

You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:

  • printer
  • webcam
  • headset
  • reliable internet connection

Your browser will need to be JavaScript enabled and able to accept cookies. You will be given access to any specific software required during the course of your studies.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

September 2018 application deadline

The deadline is Friday 24 August 2018


Victoria Petrie
Programme Coordinator
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5873

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